CHANGE OF ADDRESSIf you are moving/changing your address, please notify the Parish Office so we can keep our records up-to-date. If you are changing your phone number because you are using a cellular phone and/or forgoing your land phone, the Parish Office would also like that information. Please click here or call us at 703-221-4044, ext. 222. Thank you.
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
Our inclement weather policy is to follow the Prince William County Schools announcement for both School and Church activities. The Parish Offices are closed when the Quantico Marine Corps Base issues a Code Red for its employees.
Daily Mass, Weekend Masses, and Penance Services will be celebrated regardless of the weather; however, parishioners are encouraged to use their best judgement regarding the safety of traveling to the church for Mass. In very severe weather, it is customary for the Bishop to excuse Catholics from the obligation of Sunday Mass. In the event that happens, that notice will be posted on the homepage of the parish website.
Upcoming Parish Events
February 21st – April 4th
The Discovering Christ sessions originally scheduled to begin this week have been postponed to begin Thursday, February 21st. Participants in this 7-week series will meet on Thursday evenings beginning February 21st and continuing through April 4th to enjoy a delicious dinner and fellowship, listen to a dynamic teaching and join in a small group discussion about the meaning of life in Jesus Christ. There will be a retreat day on Saturday, March 23rd. The cost for registration for this event is $25 per person and all meals are included. Registration fliers can be found on the tables in the vestibule of the Church.
Please contact Sheila Noble.
4:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Christ Centered Yoga begins a six-week session on Tuesday, February 26th. There will be a class at 4:00 p.m. and another at 5:45 p.m. Adults of all levels are welcome. Please come and experience a moving meditation of heart and body. For more information, please contact Rita Evans. For Saturday morning classes, please contact Tracy Morgan.
News from Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School
Mardi Gras Gala! With your support, we are transforming the culture each day! Join us at our annual Gala on March 2, 2019 at Potomac Point Winery as we celebrate and advance Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School! We invite you to form your own Krewe—a table for you and your guests to represent a parish, athletic team, or anything you wish! Enjoy a New Orleans style menu, bar, DJ & exclusive live auction Items! If you are not able to attend, sponsorship options are available on the website. Please click here to purchase individual tickets and sponsorships.
Baptismal Prep Class
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Our next class will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2019 from 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Br. Juniper Room. Please call the parish office to register at 703-221-4044.
Let’s Talk Faith
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
The Let’s Talk Faith series continues on February 24th from 10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m. in the Parish Center Dining Facility. Please plan to stay on campus for an extra hour to enjoy a pastry and a cup of coffee, while learning about the role of the Roman Catholic Church in your faith journey from Fr. John O’Connor, O.F.M.
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The Rosary Guild will be meeting on a NEW night. The Rosary Guild will now meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. Please join us at our next meeting on Wednesday, February 27th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the St. Clare Room. All are welcome. For more information, please contact Otella Creegan.
Please remember to bring in your blessed palms from home and leave them in the basket in the vestibule of the church by March 3rd. They will be burned and used for ashes on Ash Wednesday, March 6th. Thank you..
Ash Wednesday Schedule
Ashes will only be distributed during the above listed services. Ashes will NOT be distributed in between services. Fasting and abstinence are encouraged during Lent and reflect the season’s penitential nature. In the U.S. all Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence, that is, days on which no meat is to be consumed. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast, only one full meal during the day, as well as abstinence.
Fasting and abstinence are by no means the only types of penance. “Let us witness to our love and imitation of Christ by special solicitude for the sick, the poor, the underprivileged, the imprisoned, the bedridden, the discouraged, the lowly.” (Tobit 12, Mt 6).
Celebrate St. Patrick
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Please join the Ancient Order of Hibernians for a Dinner Dance on Saturday, March 16th from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Parish Center Dining Hall. The Ladies A.O.H. will be having a basket raffle at the event. Tickets are $39.00. Tickets will be sold after masses on February 23rd-24th and March 2nd-3rd. You can purchase tickets on-line at
St. Patrick Coloring Contest
Entries due by February 26th
The Fr. Mychael Judge O.F.M. Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians invites all area K through 4th grade students to enter the St. Patrick Coloring Contest.
Three winners will be chosen from each grade in addition, the ONE GRAND PRIZE winner will be awarded $25.
- Entries must be completed with WAX CRAYON ONLY
- Entries must be returned to St. Francis of Assisi School
- Entries are due by Tuesday, February 26th
- One entry per student
- Entry Forms can be found at www.stfrncis.org
- Winners will be announced prior to St. Patrick’s Day
Please click here for an entry form.
Lenten Small Faith Groups
Beginning the week of March 3rd
Beginning the week of March 3rd, please join in our largest Adult Formation program of the year by hosting a small faith group in your home during Lent. Each registered Host will receive a complimentary copy of the booklet, “Believe: Meeting Jesus In The Scriptures” which contains every prayer, scripture verse, reflection and discussion question needed to meet for an hour a week for six weeks. For details and to register to Host, please click here.
New Parishioner Welcome Sunday
To all New Parishioners…Welcome Home! Please come enjoy coffee and donuts with the Friars and some of the leaders of the parish on March 10th at 10:15 a.m. in the Parish Center Gymnasium. There will be a brief presentation about the various activities and ministries of the parish and an opportunity to ask questions and settle into your new home.
On Sunday, March 17th The Ladies of the Ancient Order of Hibernians will sponsor
a bake sale and an Irish Basket Raffle. Proceeds will benefit St. Francis House and other church community charities. Donated baked goods are appreciated.
Please contact Ginny Murphy with any questions about donating baked goods.
Marriage Prep Workshop
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Marriage Preparation Workshop will be held on Saturday April 6th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Br. Juniper Room. The next class will be held in the Fall. Please contact the Parish Office at 703-221-4044 to register.